Hand Book on Defence Pension for Person Below Officers Rank (PBORs) 2021


Hand Book on Defence Pension for Person Below Officers Rank (PBORs) 2021

Hand Book on Defence Pension for Person Below Officers Rank (PBORs) 2021




New Pension Code came into force w.e.f 01.06.1953 vide A.I 1/S/53. Since then tremendous changes have taken place in pensionary awards of the Armed Forces Personnel and their families due to the recommendations of the successive Central Pay Commissions. These changes are scattered over a number of Govt. letters, memoranda etc. issued from time to time.

2. A need was, therefore, felt to review and update. The same with reference to latest Govt. letters, ruling and clarifications issued over a past these years and to summaries them in a precise manners.

3. Keeping the above facts in view, the efforts have been made to put the important changes made upto 12/2020 in fundamental principles in pension structure of various kinds of pensionary awards precisely in the form of a Hand Book.

4. I, hope, this Hand Book will be a useful guide to all the dealing staff and officers of this office who are employed on the sanction of various kinds of pensionary awards in their day to day working.

5. For facility, a few illustrations based on the Seventh CPC are given showing calculation of pension.

6. Appendices showing changes in rates of the pension etc. with relevant authority have also been given. The Govt. letters mentioned in the Hand Book have also been listed with Group Order No. for necessary check as and when required.

7. The Hand Book has been prepared separately for PBORs and Commissioned Officers.

8. Any suggestion to improve this Hand Book would be gratefully acknowledged.

Rajiv Ranjan, IDAS
Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pension)


Changes in pensionary entitlement of Armed Forces Personnel and their families are made by the Govt. from time to time. These changes are being notified by the Govt. in letters, memoranda etc.

Pr.C.D.A(Pension) Allahabad being the pension sanctioning authority in respect of these personnel, circulate these orders in the form of Group Orders for information and guidance of the Staff and Officers in their day to day working.

Since these orders are scattered and not consolidated, the same may have lost sight due to the passage of time and the Officers and Staff may sometime feel difficulty to deal with the pensionary entitlement in an effective way.

To overcome the above, an effort had been made to review the important changes made in pensionary entitlements and update them in a precise way and put them in a Hand Book which may be handy.

I hope this Hand Book may be useful to all the Officers and Staff to have a knowledge about the pensionary entitlement at a glance.

Any suggestion to improve this Hand Book would be gratefully acknowledged.


A few words from the writer of the Hand Book

Pension in respect of Armed Forces Personnel is in fact a very complex subject in itself as the orders issued thereon are scattered. Nothing is available on which one can lay his hands for a compact knowledge. This has given me an idea to put all the relevant orders issued on a particular subject at one place in the form of a Handbook.

With this fact in view, I reviewed the Govt. letters issued upto 12/2020 and summarize them precisely on each subject and tried to put them in the Handbook separately for PBORs and ICOs.
For this I got blessings of benevolent Principal Controller Mr. Rajiv Ranjan. I express my heartfelt gratitude to him.

Further, I would also like to convey my sincere thanks to Officer In Charge Grants Tech. Mr. A. K. Malviya whose valuable guidance and cooperation of his staff at each stage have helped me a lot.
At last, I request esteem readers to ignore the shortcomings, if any, considering the same as my incompetency.

Retired DCDA (P)



Sl No. Subject Para
1 Qualifying service for earning Service Pension 1
2 Condonation of deficiency in service 3
3 Determination of amount of service pension 4
4 Reckonable emoluments for calculating service pension 5
5 Retirement gratuity 6
6 Reckonable emoluments for calculating Retirement Gratuity 7
7 Commutation of pension 8
8 Calculation of commuted value of pension 11
9 Restoration of commutation portion 12
10 Disability pension 13
11 Categorization of disability 14
12 Procedure for adjudication of entitlement of disability 15
13 Disability pension on invalidment 16
14 Broad-banding of Disability 17
15 Disability element on retirement / discharge 18
16 Rates of Disability Element for period w.e.f. 1.1.1996 to 1..2006 19
17 Lump sum compensation in lieu of disability element 20
18 Invalid Pension 24
19 Invalid Gratuity 25
20 War injury pension on invalidment 26
21 War injury pension on retention 27
22 Lump sum compensation in lien of war injury pension 28
23 War injury element on subsequent retirement 30
24 Liberalized Disability pension 31
25 Ex-gratia lump sum compensation in cases of invalidment 32
26 Broad-banding of percentage of disability/war injury on discharge w.e.f. 01.01.2016 33
27 Constant Attendance allowance 34
28 Rate of constant attendance allowance 36
29 Special pension to blind soldiers 37
30 Rate of special pension to blind soldiers 38
31 Appeals 39
32 Ordinary family pension 40
33 Eli2ible member for ordinary family pension 42
34 Ordinary family pension in case of missing personnel /pensioners 43
35 Pending enquiry award 44
36 Special family pension 45
37 Eligible members for special family pension in absence of nomination 47
38 Rates of special family pension 48
39 Second life award 49
40 Special family pension on re-marriage of widow 50
41 Liberalized family pension 51
42 Liberalized family pension on re-marriage of widow 53
43 Ex- gratia lump sum compensation who die in harness 54
44 Death Gratuity 55
45 Monetary allowance attached to gallantry decorations 56
46 Grant of family pension under the Employees pension scheme, 1995 and family pension scheme, 1971 in addition to family pension from Military side 57
47 Illustrations


48 Appendix – 1 : Evolution of pensionary structure of PBOR prior to 01.06.53 29
49 Appendix – 2 : Effective dates from which pension in respect of JCOs/ NCOs/ ORs/ NCs(e) of Regular Army revised 41
50 Appendix – 3 : Effective dates from which pension in respect of JCOs/ORs of DSC revised 42
51 Appendix – 4 : Effective dates from which pension in respect of Hony. Commissioned Officer (Regular Army) revision 43
52 Appendix – 5 : Effective dates from which pension in respect of Hony. Commissioned Officer DSC revised 44
53 Appendix – 6 : The rates of disability element for 100% disablement sanctioned from time to times for different ranks prior to 01.01.1996 44
54 Appendix – 7 : The rates of special family pension admissible form time to time 45
55 Appendix – 8 : The rates of ordinary family pension admissible prior to 01.01.96 46
56 Appendix – 9 : Rates of Monetary Allowances attached to post independence Gallantry decorations 47
57 Appendix – 10 : List of Govt. letters referred to in the hand book with group order no. under which reproduced 49
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  • Ram Kinkar Shukla 2 years ago

    Seems to be very useful book for Army Vetrans.

  • Ramalingam Muthusamy 2 years ago